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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jessica Morse looks at an Iraqi woman's baby during a cooperative medical engagement in Abu Kalifa, Iraq, on April 12, 2008. Marines assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Iraqi police are providing medical care to villagers during the joint engagement. DoD photo by Cpl. Erin A. Kirk, U.S. Marine Corps.

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In Today's News - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Hostility toward America is a religious duty,
and we hope to be rewarded for it by God....
I am confident that Muslims will be able to end
the legend of the so-called superpower that is America."
-- Osama Bin Laden, in Time Magazine

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Al-Maliki Tells EU He's Confident of Al Qaeda's Defeat
Turkish army says it strikes PKK in Northern Iraq
Airstrike kills 4 in Basra, 2 die in Sadr City clashes

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan opposition says it's been talking to Taliban

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Carter Sets Sit-Down With Gaza Terror Boss
Hamas says Carter will meet two of its leaders - Video
Carter embraces Hamas official at West Bank meeting
Three Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza fighting - Video
Note to Brother Alludes to Terrorist's Plan to Attack British Airport Two Days Later

Fallen Heroes
DOD announces casualty (Baghdad)

Wounded Warriors
'Foxtrot' Programs Get Wounded Vets Outdoors

Other Military News
Russia probes World War Two buffs for extremism
Canada's 'Soldiers' Soldier ' Resigns

Religion of Peace??
Eight-Year-Old Girl Divorces Husband From Arranged Marriage

Worldwide Wackos
Ahmadinejad Doubts 9/11 Attacks (What an @$$)
Iran Threatens to 'Eliminate' Israel if Attacked
Iranian Police Chief Jailed After Being Caught Nude With 6 Women
Iran says open for talks on nuclear, other issues
Iran questions need for OPEC to cool oil prices
U.S., N.Korea envoys think key row cleared: sources

Homegrown Moonbats
Alicia Keys says comments to magazine were 'misrepresented'

Politics / Government
Dems Gear Up for 'Bitter' Debate
McCain Gets Donuts, Obama — Oops! — a Terrorist?
Obama: Poor Upbringing Disproves Elitist Charges
Dem Poll Numbers Steady in Pennsylvania
Bush to Unveil 'Realistic' Climate Strategy in Rose Garden
Pope to meet Bush and bishops - Video
"Faith vote" big in Pennsylvania primary - Video
McCain proposes consumer tax cuts to boost economy - Video
McCain even with Obama, leads Clinton: Reuters poll - Video
Pa. Sen. Arlen Specter diagnosed again with cancer
Clinton sketches first 100 days, Obama vows to help workers
McCain's GOP critics in Arizona continue to press their case
Democratic Presidential Nomination Race Seen Ending by July 4
State Dept. Warns Diplomats They May Be Sent to Iraq
U.S. senator asks SEC to step up ratings scrutiny: report

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Virginia Tech Marks Day of Mourning One Year After Shooting Rampage
Bill Calling for Castration of Sex Offenders Passes Louisiana Senate
911 Call Released in YouTube Beating of Florida Teen
Ohio Man Accused of Killing Wife, 4 Children Found Dead in Jail Cell
Images Show Police Well Armed for Raid on Polygamist Retreat
FDLS members responded to raid with song, prayer
Court meeting to weigh death penalty for child rapists
American author Fowler explores crime in the blog era
Man arrested in pregnant girlfriend's shooting sobs in court

Adventures in Political Correctness
Brigitte Bardot on Trial for Using Muslim Slur
Shock jocks suspended over slur against Alaska Native women

U.N. News
U.N. agency warns of food crisis in North Korea
Darfur: UN-AU Mission to Probe Misconduct Allegations About Staff Member

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Angry Broadway Wife Tries Divorce-by-YouTube Tactic
CNN Sorry for Calling China 'Goons' Who Make 'Junk' (Why?)
Consumer groups urge "do not track" registry

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Couple Faces Controversy Trying to Conceive Baby to Save Son's Life
Gov't Report: Plastic Bottles May Be Linked to Cancer
More Than Four Pounds of Warts Removed From Man With Bark-Like Growths
Falling breast cancer rates seen only in whites
Japan ageing suit puts car makers in senior circuit

Mother Nature
Police Shoot, Kill 150-Pound Cougar on Chicago's North Side
Colorado Wildfires Kill 3, Force Evacuation of 1,100
Gibraltar to kill "molesting" monkeys
Manila zoo orders therapy for stressed-out animals
Group finds 6 million pounds of trash on world's beaches

News from My Neck of the Woods
Madonna to play club show in New York
Yankees to hold ceremonial first pitch from space
Jackie Robinson's legacy set in stone at Mets' Citi Field

Madonna's Husband Started Eating Cookies, Stopped Wanting Sex
Thief deposits loot with victim
Gang dressed as cops steals court papers
Police find side order of marijuana in man's fried chicken
Man dressed as a woman accused of crashing into shop

Other News of Note
Chinese Torch Guardians Could Face Arrest in Australia
Leading Tibetan Writer, Performer, Producer Arrested
4,000 Detentions Acknowledged, Thousands Disappear in Ongoing Lhasa Crackdown

Fox News
Pope to Celebrate 81st Birthday at White HousePHOTOS - LIVE BLOG
Tiger Woods Has Knee Surgery, Needs Month to Recover
At Least 45 Killed After Bus Plunges Into Canal

Factbox: Who is Pope Benedict?
Timeline: Pope Benedict as pontiff
Brokers feel a pulse in home market
Olympic torch kicks off Asian journey in Pakistan - Video
Berlusconi "wants EU to regain global influence" - Video
Mood improves as Americans adjust to economy: poll
Jane's Addiction to reunite for award
JPMorgan Chase profit falls
China economy slows a touch - Video
France Telecom studies TeliaSonera bid: report
Merrill Lynch to write down further $6-8 billion: report
Basel bank watchdog plans crackdown on risk
Delta/Northwest may spark more airline mergers - Video
Intel firm on margin target for year, shares jump
Oil hits new high above $114, dollar supports
LG Elec posts strong profit
Asia shares climb, cheered by U.S. banks, Intel
Parmalat drops on U.S. decision on Citigroup case
Johnson Controls quarterly earnings rise
Wall St futures rise; eyes on JPMorgan Q1, data - Video
Euro surges to record high as inflation rises
UBS cuts shareholder payout in stock dividend
Chicago rice up 2 percent to record high on supply fear
Oil by the billions
Counting their chickens

AP World News
Ex-nanny for Rob Lowe claims she was sexually abused
Police arrest 36 people in troubled Zimbabwe
Whites under siege hunker down in Zimbabwe election crisis
Move over, Ozzfest: Motley Crue announces Crue Fest
Danks celebrates 23rd birthday with 1st win in 12 starts

News Blaze
MND-B Soldiers, Civilians Attend Gospel Revival
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

New SoIs to help bring security to Kirkuk
MNC-I surgeons lay foundation for Iraqi healthcare
Petraeus: Iraqis want to establish sovereignty
Gates: Reduced violence in Iraq enables exit of surge forces
Al-Qa'im court now in session
Sunni and Shia sheiks unite in Balad
Petraeus: Iraqis want to establish sovereignty
American kids donate school supplies to Iraq

USJFCOM signs letter of intent to support interagency online training
Phase two of Multinational Experiment 5 kicks off
More about Multinational Experiment 5 - podcast
Joint Interoperability Division helps training take flight - podcast
USJFCOM opens new Joint Intelligence Laboratory
Joint fires team assists Army training center
Industry symposium to raise awareness of 21st century capabilities
Workshop looks at strengthening capabilities in the urban environment

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Coalition Launches Capacity-Building Operation South of Baghdad
Suicide Bomber Solidifies SoI’s Resolve in Hawijah
Operation Charge of Knights Continues Progress in Basrah
Leaders Discuss Progress on Mada’in Qada Radio Show
Marines attacked by IED
Coalition UAV engages RPG team, kills four criminals (Basra)
Iraqi Security Forces detain 2 wanted criminal leaders, 10 others in Basrah
MND-B Soldiers seize rockets, weapons cache (Baghdad)
Rocket cache found by MND-C Soldiers, Iraqi Security Forces (Baghdad)

Defense Officials Praise Iraqi Forces for Hostage Rescue

Multinational Force Condemns Attacks
Coalition to Release AP Photographer
Troops Capture Alleged Terrorist

Soldiers Praised as 'Go-to Guys'
Insurgents Target Medical Teams

Department Improves Absentee-Voting Procedures
Pentagon Official Highlights Immigrant Background

Country Star to Help ‘Toast Troops’ at Quantico

Route-Clearance Soldier Leads From Front

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Today in History
0556 - Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1346 - King Stefanus IX of Serbia proclaims himself czar of Greece
1509 - French army under Louis XII enters Alps
1521 - Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms
1705 - Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
1724 - 1st Easter observed
1746 - Battle at Culloden - Troops of "James VIII & III" defeat Charles Stuart
1777 - Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout British
1789 - George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
1818 - Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
1854 - San Salvador destroyed by earthquake; Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach, NY, killing 311
1861 - US President Abraham Lincoln outlaws business with Confederate states
1862 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves conscription act for white males between 18-35; Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
1865 - Battle of Columbus & West Point GA (Fort Tyler)
1866 - Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Company office explodes; Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
1868 - Louisiana voters approve new constitution
1869 - Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Black diplomat, begins service in Haiti
1871 - German Empire ends all anti-Jewish civil restrictions
1900 - US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
1908 - Natural Bridges National Monument established (Lake Powell UT)
1912 - Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross the English Channel
1917 - Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution
1921 - Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
1922 - Annie Oakley sets record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row; German-Russia treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
1929 - New York Yankees become 1st team to use numbers on uniforms
1935 - Babe Ruth's 1st National League game, for Boston Braves, included a homerun
1938 - Great-Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
1939 - Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact
1940 - 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
1942 - Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship; King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
1943 - 40 New Zealand bombers attack Haarlem Netherlands (85 killed)
1945 - German troops in Groningen surrender; Red Army begins Battle of Berlin; US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa
1946 - 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands NM; 8 km altitude; NSB mayor of Rotterdam Netherlands, FE Müller sentence to 100 years in jail
1947 - Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (New York, NY); Massive explosion & fire kills 500 in Texas City, TX; Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
1948 - Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris France
1951 - British submarine Affray sinks in English Channel, killing 75
1953 - British royal yacht Britannica taken out of service
1958 - French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
1959 - Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
1962 - Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News; Brazil nationalizes US businesses
1964 - 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
1965 - Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
1966 - Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
1967 Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings
1967 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
1970 - 70 die in an avalanche (France)
1972 - Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
1979 - Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport in Belgium
1981 - Columbia space shuttle returns
1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
1986 - To dispel rumors he's dead, Moammar Qadhafi appears on TV
1987 - FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
1990 - Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
1992 - Afghánistán President Najibullah resigns
1993 - Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against cop who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

1628 - Cornelis Evertsen de Young, Vice Admiral of Zealand
1652 - Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Pope (1730-40)
1660 - Hans Sloane, English physician/naturalist; founded British Museum
1682 - John Hadley, mathematician/inventor (1st reflecting telescope)
1703 - Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castra singer/duke
1728 - Joseph Zwart, Scottish chemist/physicist
1808 - Caleb Blood Smith, Union Secretary of Interior
1816 - Edward "Old Allegheny" Johnson, Confederate Major General
1823 - Mother Joseph [Esther Pariseau] religious leader (US capital); Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, Union Brevet Major General
1867 - José de Diego, patriot/Puerto Rican Secretary of Justice; Wilbur Wright, of aeronautical fame (Wright Brothers)
1881 - Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax/ambassador to US (1940-46)
1886 - Ernst Thälmann, German communist presidential candidate
1897 - John B. Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
1901 - Leo Poos, nazi police officer (caught Dutch underground agents)
1904 - Clifford Case (Senator-R-NJ)
1905 - John Lee-Barber, Admiral
1906 - Cobina W. "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist
1920 - John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List)
1931 - Piet de Visser, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
1940 - Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark
1941 - Cliff Stearns (Representative-R-FL)
1955 - Henri, Heir Apparent, Prince of Luxembourg
1956 - David M. Brown, Commander USN/astronaut

1115 - Svjatopolk II, great monarch of Kiev [or 1113]
1496 - David van Bourgondie, Bishop of Utrecht (1456-96), at about 69
1529 - Louis de Berquin, French humanist/reformer/heretic, burned at stake
1687 - George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham, at 59
1756 - Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (Discovered rings of Saturn), at 79
1760 - Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
1850 - Marie [Gresholtz] Tussaud, maker of wax figures
1860 - Carolina, duchess of Berry/daughter of crown prince of Naples
1865 - Robert C. Tyler, Confederate Brigadier-General, in battle
1870 - Anatoli O. Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller
1879 - Bernadette, saint/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), in Nevers, France
1914 - George W. Hill, US astronomer (moon orbit), at 76
1948 - Babe Ruth, baseball legend
1949 - Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
1955 - Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded
1970 - Péter Veres, Hungarian minister of defense/writer, at 73
1971 - Mihály Váci, Hungarian poet/politician, at 46
1978 - Lucius D. Clay, General/Governor, US zone West Germany (airlift), at 80
1988 - Jacques de Kadt, Dutch 2nd chamber member (Socialist-Democrat), at 90; Khalil al-Wazir, PLO military commander, assassinated by Israeli commandos

Reported Missing in Action
Chesley, Larry J., USAF (ID); F4C shot down (w/Johnson) - released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel, served as an Arizona senator

Johnson, Samuel R., USAF (TX); F4C shot down (w/Chesley) - released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel, served in the Texas legislature

Konyu, William M., US Army (NJ); UH1H shot down (pilot), believed KIA/BNR

Ayers, Richard L., USAF (IA); RF4C disappeared while on mission (Weapons System Officcer, w/Rausch)

Rausch, Robert E., USAF (NY); RF4C disappeared while on mission (pilot, w/Ayers)

Jones, Orvin C., Jr., USAF (VA); F105G shot down (w/Mateja)

Mateja, Alan P., USAF (KY); F105G shot down (w/Jones)

Lewis, James F., ; released from Hanoi October, 1975 - deceased

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